Last throw of the dice for Midmar’s oldest swimmer

2012-02-11 00:00

THIS year’s oldest competitor in the aQuelle Midmar Mile, Lorna Cochran (88), said that it will probably be her last swim in the world’s largest open water swim.

She told Weekend Witness that although she enjoys the swim, she isn’t getting any younger.

“I am definitely feeling the difference between training for the race at 87 and this year.

“There were times that the training took its toll on me. If I feel that the race is getting tough, I am not going to push myself.

“My finishing time doesn’t matter much to me,” she said.

She said her love for the race inspires her to do it.

Cochran added: “I love the Midmar Mile. It’s in a beautiful part of the country and watching all the people line up for the race is really something.

“When you finish it there is a sense of achievement.”

This will be Cochran’s 14th swim in a row after doing her first swim at the tender age of 75.

“Looking back I felt like a spring chicken after that first swim,” she said.

She pointed out that she took the training a lot easier this year than in previous years.

She belongs to her local Virgin Active gym close to her home in Benoni, Gauteng, and trained for one hour a day every Monday, Tuesday and Friday and when she could, on a Saturday.

She will be joined in the race by her son Neil, and her other son Greg will be watching on from the shore. “Greg would have also swum with us, but he just flew in from Australia so he is a bit jetlagged,” said Cochran.

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